to travel by soliciting rides from motorists along the way
Origin of hitchhikehitch + hike
to get (a ride) or make (one's way) in this fashion
verbhitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing, hitch·hikes
To travel by soliciting free rides along a road.
To solicit or get (a free ride) along a road.
(third-person singular simple present hitchhikes, present participle hitchhiking, simple past and past participle hitchhiked)
- To try to get a ride in a passing vehicle while standing at the side of a road. Generally by either sticking out one's finger or thumb or holding a sign with one's stated destination.
- To be carried along with something else, for example Genetic Hitchhiking where a gene is propagated because it occurs in conjunction with a favourable mutation, or Cultural Hitchhiking where a cultural trait spreads with a technologically advanced population.